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23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30 January 2008
Arrigo Boito
Opera in un prologo, quattro atti e un epilogo
Libretto di Arrigo Boito
dal Faust di Wolfgang Goethe

Conductor Stefano Ranzani
Director Giancarlo Del Monaco
Scenes Designer Carlo Centolavigna
Costumes Designer Maria Filippi
Coreography Cesc Gelabert
Chorus Master Miguel Fabían Martínez
Youth Chorus Master Salvatore Punturo
Assistant Director Marco Carniti
Assistant Scenes Designer Mauro Tinti
Assistant Costumes Designer Luisella Pintus
Lighting Wolfgang von Zoubek
Teatro Massimo Orchestra, Chorus, Youth Chorus and Ballet

New production

Mefistofele Ferruccio Furlanetto January 23, 25, 27, 30
Askar Abdrazakov January 24, 26, 29
Faust Giuseppe Filianoti January 23, 25, 27, 30
Walter Fraccaro January 24, 26, 29
Margherita Dimitra Theodossiou January 23, 25, 27, 30
Alessandra Rezza January 24, 26, 29
Marta Sonia Zaramella
Wagner Mimmo Ghegghi January 23, 25, 27, 30
Giuseppe Caltagirone January 24, 26, 29
Pantalis Monica Minarelli

Wednesday 23 January 2008 Premiere at 8.30 pm
Thursday 24 January 2008 Turn S1 at 6.30 pm
Friday 25 January 2008 Turn B at 6.30 pm
Saturday 26 January 2008 Turn F at 8.30 pm
Sunday 27 January 2008 Turn D at 5.30 pm
Tuesday 29 January 2008 Turn S2 at 6.30 pm
Wednesday 30 January 2008 Turn C at 6.30 pm

Running time: 3 hours and 40 minutes

First part -
75 minutes
Interval - 25 minutes
Second part - 50 minutes
Interval - 25 minutes
Third part - 45 minutes

In Heaven Mefistofele offers God a wager: he says that he can succeed in seducing the learned Faust onto the paths of evil and that he will gain possession of his soul. God accepts.

Mefistofele travels to Frankfurt disguised as a Franciscan monk. He enters Faust’s study and convinces him to sign a contract.

Mefistofele and Faust are in a garden with Margherita and Marta, her neighbour. Faust converses with Margherita and seduces her. To prevent their being disturbed, he gives Margherita a powerful sleeping draught for her mother. Mefistofele and Faust travel to a witches’ sabbath on a mountain top. Faust beholds a vision of Margherita, pale as death with a blood-red rope around her neck. He hears Mefistofele’s curse upon the world.

Margherita is in prison awaiting her execution. She has been accused of having killed her child and poisoned her mother. Faust attempts to convince her to flee with him, but she refuses. She recognises Mefistofele as the devil and prays for forgiveness. Choruss of angels announce the salvation of her soul.

On the banks of the Penejos in ancient Greece, young girls perform a dance in honour of the full moon. Helen of Troy and her companion Pantalis lament the fate of Troy. Mefistofele and Faust appear. Faust professes his love for Helen and they withdraw to a cave.

Faust sits in his study in Frankfurt. He has grown old and thinks back upon all he has experienced. He realises that his life has been mere vanity. He dies with the Bible in his hand, without giving in to the last temptations sent by Mefistofele. Faust is welcomed by the angelic host into Heaven.



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Photographs Franco Lannino ©Studio Camera